Sunday, November 12, 2017


Here is this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “ICE” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

Heart no longer warm

My true love cheated on me

Heart now cold as ice

The cold has arrived

If the lake freezes solid

We’ll go ice skating

Don’t put ice in drinks

It will only dilute them

They’re already cold

I would love to get your feedback here.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Having received a True Crime Enthusiast badge from Amazon on my profile should server as an indication for one of my favorite genres to read/review. So, when I hear about this marvelous collection of 20 stories of murder and bedlam on September 23rd, I didn’t hesitate to pre-order it.

While these stories might not be true, they’re sure to pique my desire to read about ingenuous crimes, dreadful murders, mysteries able to cause heart palpitations, and not to forget about plot twists will make one wonder what did I miss or what’s going to happen next.

With 20 stories, from those involving international spies and high-tech surveillance to small, hometown whodunnits and conventional page-turning courtroom dramas [like Perry Mason] to those hardboiled detectives like Mike Hammer or Sam Spade, you’re given a collection of extraordinary protagonists going up against incredible odds in stories which have all written by awarding winning or best-selling USA Today authors.

Who knows what evil lives in the hearts of men? After reading these stories you might just might find out.

For having given their readers this unforgettable anthology of stories at an unbeatable price, I’m happy to give this book and their authors, the 5 STARS in definitely deserves.


Saturday, November 4, 2017


This is another idea in my attempt to catch up with not having posted any for a long while.

We all get reviews for our books. While some merely stated that someone has loved your book, others go into more depth and can be quite fantastic. Keep track of these reviews, copy the URL link for these reviews and use them in your promotional tweets on Twitter, FaceBook and anywhere else you feel like to use them.


This is another area I’ve been negligent in not doing any postings for in a long, long while. So, I’m going to give you guys a few today.

First up:

Try to figure out your budget in order to see how much of it you’re willing to save for the advertising endeavors for your book[s]. If you’re unable to spend any money for it at the present time, consider using a free option.


I know it’s been a long while since I’ve last posted one of these, but with the re-released of my debut romance, a sweet MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost” things have finally gotten back to normal.

So, here’s this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “TREAT” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

Oh, to be a dog

Doing tricks for my owner  

She gives me a treat

It’s Halloween time

Trick or treat gets me candy

Eat too much – get sick


Hubby must give me big treat

Just for being wife.

Would really love to get your feedback

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


I received a hard-cover ARC copy of this book, along with its accompanying cd consisting of the book’s text with its incidental music between chapters, from the publisher; and the following is my honest opinion, which I’ve broken down into several segments.

This is the first book I’ve read which has been translated from its original German text. The reason I’m mentioning this is that German had been my secondary major to my primary one of Sociology. Given the intended age group for this book of 8 – 12, I figured the original German should be easy enough for me to translate, which is what I did. When I listened to the audio for the text for the book’s first paragraph, I found much to my delight that the translator, Matthew O. Anderson, didn’t merely translate the book into English, he endeavored to capture the nuances of language which the author wanted to communicate to his readers.

I know I could have easily read this book, however I wanted to experience the impact having the book read to me for a change would feel like. Needless to say, I found the experience to be quite satisfying, especially when you include the carefully selected classical music segments heard between each segment [chapter] which added a delightful embellishment to the entire reading experience.

Ms. Palmtag, the book’s illustrator, has done a marvelous in pairing her illustrations to the words of the book which further heighten the story itself.

As for the storyline itself, you’ve got the love the coupling of the innocence along with the love for his grandfather Max exhibited when he decided to kidnap him out of the nursing home so he could keep his grandfather close and not lose him. Not knowing anything about dementia Max thought he’s doing something good, but when he saw people from the home and his mother chasing everyone; including Ms. Schneider, another resident of the nursing home who came along for the ride, Max knew he had to stop and give up.

If you’ve got any doubt that this endeavor had to be a labor of love for the author, instead of being just another children’s book, read the interview with the author and illustrator at the end of the book. Considering all this, you can see why I’ve given this book the 5 STARS it so richly deserves.

Monday, October 30, 2017


Sunday morning, I woke to find the revised KINDLE version of “I Kissed a Ghost” live on Amazon. While this might sound wonderful, the revised paper is listed separately with the old version of the KINDLE.  And it wasn’t until today that both the revised paperback and KINDLE editions are finally together.

Give the young girl in your family a sweet YA paranormal romance novel for Halloween

If anyone does interviews on their sites, I’d love to be interviewed by you regarding myself and all of my writing endeavors.  I would greatly appreciate any and all support anyone can give me at this time.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

With the KINDLE version for the revised edition of my debut romance novel “I Kissed a Ghost” about to become available I had to decide where I should turn to next in regards to my romance writing. To begin it doesn’t really matter since I don’t have any funds available to move beyond the original writing phase for any of my endeavors. While my PROOF copy of this book took only 5 days for it to be printed and me to receive it; the 5 copies I ordered 9 days ago on Oct 17th have finally been shipped, and hopefully I’ll received them by the weekend.

Both my sweet side, Robin Leigh Morgan, and my erotic side, Kathryn Heart, both have two endeavors being worked on. I’ve got an adult Contemporary romance novel endeavor entitled “His Darkest Secret”; and a MG/YA Urban Fantasy novella with a back story of romance, entitled “The Secret of the Well,” which is also a stand-alone sequel to “I Kissed a Ghost.” And Kathryn has two GLBT/BDSM Erotic novella, the first being “The Transformation” with the second novella entitled “Becoming the Mother of the Bride.”

And after much consideration I’ve decided to alternate between the side and erotic side of my writing. Since “I Kissed a Ghost” has been from my sweet side the next endeavor I’d be working on will be:

“The Transformation” followed by

“His Darkest Secret” followed by

“Becoming the Mother of the Bride” followed by

“The Secret of the Well”

But unfortunately, even though I might to able to finish the writing of at least two of these endeavors I don’t possessed the funds to purchase the rest of the items necessary to bring them to fruition and available for purchase.

This means a lot of my time going forwards will be spent promoting the two books I currently have available.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Today’s update will be quite short.

Yesterday I finally received the proof copy for the re-edited version of my debut romance novel “I Kissed a Ghost,” in the early afternoon and I gave my approval around 4:30 PM EDT.

Today I’ve started the KINDLE Conversion process which will hopefully allow me to still start my promotional activities for Halloween. I’ve also ordered about 5 copies of the print copy; 2 copies of which are going to the US Copyright Office in Washington DC, 1 copy is for my personal use with the remaining 2 copies going to the GoodReads giveaway I plan to have: 1 for November and 1 for December.

As far as my book reviewing is concerned I’ve now written 631 reviews on Amazon with a Amazon Reviewer Ranking of 2,525.

This means after the next few days where I’ll be essentially, I’ll be returning to the manuscript for my adult Contemporary Romance, “His Darkest Secret,” which is approximately 88 % completed at the present time.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


For the week prior to this past Monday has been somewhat of a small ordeal for me. Nothing serious but it has prevented me from moving forwards of the re-release of my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.”

Today, I finally finished garnering the funds needed to give to CreateSpace to pay for the licensing fee to reuse the same cover I’d used for the original version of the book. However, when I spoke to the CreateSpace representative today, she told me everything including the licensing fee has already been paid. This means I’ll be getting my complimentary PROOF COPY in about a week to ten days, after which I can approve the print copy and I order the KINDLE conversion. Making the re-released of the book in time for some quick Halloween promotional activity.

Once this book becomes available and I do some heavy duty promotional activities, I decide to move on to my adult Contemporary romance novel entitled, “His Darkest Secret.” I estimate now I’m almost 90% completed with this endeavor. Once I’ve typed that elusive final period. I got to move my fund-raising activity into high gear.

I’ve finally be able to make progress on meeting my goal for this year’s GoodReads Reading Challenge. Where not too long ago I’d been about 20 books behind, as of today I’m 3 books ahead of schedule.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


I received an ARC [Advanced Reader’s Copy] mobi.file copy of this book from the author’s publisher through a giveaway they had on LibraryThing and the following is my honest opinion.

The author, Brian Vondruska, has done a marvelous job in communicating to his readers about what the optimal life experience is. Instead of just throwing out the information/answer haphazardly, he has done it in a methodically manner by dividing it into specific chapters [components], with each subsequent chapter building on what happen been presented it the previous one.

Essentially, achieving the so-call optimal life experience is not achieved solely by taking something it requires a give and take, a give and take which is both physically and mentally. Extracting a combination of psychological, philosophical, and economical ideas the author succeeds in completing the jigsaw puzzle of the totality for the experience of human life itself.

Out of the intricacies which life presents, readers are given an easy to follow path towards their feeling comfortable, healthy, or happy. This path is different from one person to the next. So, as each reader reads what is being presented to them, they develop their own individual path.

At the end of each chapter, the author has kindly given his readers a summary of what had been the intention for the chapter they’ve just read. If you ever wanted a book which would help you hack your way through the complexities of life itself, then this book would serve you well in reading it.

For wanting his readers to help find the answer to the sweet mystery of life itself, and have it be the optimal it can be, I’ve given Mr. Vondruska 5 STARS for his endeavor here.


Monday, October 2, 2017


Things are moving along slowly regarding completing the re-release of my debut MG/YA Paranormal romance novel, “I Kissed a Ghost.” Right now, I’ve approved the inner for the book and CreateSpace is finalizing that. Next comes the book’s cover which I’ve thought had been a done deal, since I’m using the same exact cover except for the ISBN number. But that isn’t the case, I’ve got to repurchase the cover’s design because the book is no longer using this number and has been assigned a new number. So, right now I’m waiting for CreateSpace to send me the cover again for my approval, which means I’ve got a chance to review any of the text on the back. Once I’ve approved this, they’re sending me a PROOF copy for my review and approval. It is at this point I can order the KINDLE conversion. Given this hopefully the book will be become available in its paperback, KINDLE and KINDLE Unlimited by October 15th. Just in time for Halloween.

My review of books has picked up its pace over the past few weeks, good enough that I’ve decided to restore my original goal for the 2017 GoodReads Reading Challenge back up to 200 books from its current 150 books goal.

Part of the time since my last status has been spent allowing my erotic side to do whatever needed to be done on its writing endeavors and promotional activities got itself.

Going forwards I’ve got to return posting some more marketing/promotional ideas.  I’m looking for my fellow romance authors who want to be interview for my two blogs on and So, if anyone is interested please send me a DM on my Twitter account and if you’re not following me here on this blog, I’d love for you do so right now.

Meanwhile. if anyone is interested in several unedited original snippets for “I Kissed a Ghost”, here are the links for my two blogs:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


As promised here is the 600th book review I’ve posted on Amazon earlier today:

I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

As young, urban boys who sometimes have nothing do except occasionally commit some mischief, Justin Ventimiglia and Keith Puccio got involved with and got picked up performing an act of property destruction. Naturally, these two juveniles had to be taught that they need to pay for what they’ve done, and the St. Louis authorities felt the best way would be to give them summer jobs at the Prairie Winds Golf Course on the east side of town.

The story this book contains is a coming of age one as these two protagonists experience a life outside of the dysfunctional one they’ve become used to living in. The shenanigans of the eccentric adults with their drinking, gambling and smoking they witness causes them to have some interesting reactions. This creates a somewhat special bond between all involved.

When you throw in a young man fighting the dreaded disease of cancer into the mix, you get an emotionally touching story of life and death, as Justin and Keith begin to have an understanding of the tests life can throw in front of you along with the love for the game of golf itself with the challenges it gives to those who play it.

While this book seems geared to those who are golfers, it’s a story which can be enjoyed by anyone. Although this book reads like a stand-alone, it’s the second part of the six-book series [Prairie Winds Golf Course] written by the author, James Ross.

For having given his readers, this poignant coming of age story, I’ve given Mr. Ross 5 STARS for his endeavor here.



Things have been happening since my last report. To begin with I finally got around to submitting the revised edited manuscript for my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal, “I Kissed a Ghost” to CreateSpace. Now, hopefully on Friday I’ll be told the inner is now finished and we can move on to the next step. If all goes well, I’d like to see my book becoming available within three weeks.

This morning I’ve hit ANOTHER MILESTONE > > > > I’ve posted my 600th review on Amazon. So, I’d like to invite everyone to check out my reviews and perhaps you’ll find your next book to read or give as a gift.

I’ll be posting my 600th Amazon here something later today.

With my “I Kissed a Ghost” on its way to see the light of day, I’ve started to return to the writing of my two WIPs. So far I’ve just ran a Grammar/SpellCheck on the two manuscript with the update versions of MicroSoft Word which came with my new computer, and now I’ve got to decide which one I’m going to work on first. The thing is I’m in no rush since I need to raise the funds to get it self-published and therefore I’ve got to do some intense promotional activities for all of my books.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Here’s this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “SHADE” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

In the elm tree’s shade

We sit making our sweet love

To the robin’s song

Use my umbrella

To shade yourself from the sun’s

Harmful UV rays

The tree’s huge shadow

Keeps us cool under its shade

Heat abounds outside it

Would really love to get your feedback



After a slight miscommunication with CreateSpace about submitting my completed revised manuscript for my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled
“I Kissed a Ghost,” I wanted to send it in. However, when I went to the perfectly fine saved file and opened it I saw it had been corrupted. Instead of just seeing the actual manuscript, I saw it along with all the changes which I made from the suggestions the line editor gave me to improve the original one. I became frantic trying to undo what had occurred, it took almost two weeks to correct this situation, which wound up being this past Wednesday [09/13/17]. On Friday, with a clear head, I slowly reviewed each page, making sure no glitches had remained.

On Thursday, I finally wrote the copyright, dedication and my other endeavors pages; adding in the appropriate blank pages. On Friday, once I was satisfied that all is well with the manuscript I’d worked so hard to revise, I contacted those supportive folks at CreateSpace to help me in getting all the comments connected to the manuscript got removed. With this last step, and making sure one last time that I had no more issues with my manuscript, I followed their instructions to send it to them.

Now, I’ve got patiently wait to them to finish setting up the interior of the revised book, so I can move on to the next step for the re-release of this book.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


I read this book via an Amazon KINDLE Unlimited download.

I found this brief book to be precisely as the author has written for her description; the truth being said, it’s not only inspirational, but quite poignant as well.  The problem is too many people set their personal HEA [Happy Ever After] too high, which only results in one disappointment after another; people need to know what both their assets and negative attributes are to really fulfill their heart’s desire, which usually involves getting married at long last.

Personally, I married at 43 to my dear OH, aged 39. I knew what my limitations were; a slight speech imperfection and a genetic condition affected my physical appearance, especially my facial appearance. But one day, I found someone who could look beyond all this and to the personal I’m like on the inside; in fact, both of us looked at each of our personalities and compatibilities more than anything else, much like the author herself.

The only negative thing I can say about her book is that I feel she’s targeted her reading audience towards women. We’ve got to recognize and remember that there are scores of men who are still suffering the same way, downtrodden that they’re still living alone, and might benefit from reading the book themselves.

Every book should have a playlist which can accompany it, and this book is no exception. While for this book most people would think of Dean Martin’s “Everybody Loves Somebody”, there’s another song which he sang “Somewhere There’s a Someone” which I feel far more epitomizes what this book is trying to communicate. Here are the lyrics, see if you agree with how I feel:

Somewhere there's a someone for everyone

Somewhere there's a someone for me

Though I may be lonely now

I'll see it through somehow

To someone's heart I know I hold the key

Somewhere there's a someone for everyone

Somewhere there's a someone for me

And I'll search my whole life through

Until I find a love that's true

For I know somewhere there's a someone for me



And I'll search my whole life through

Until I find a love that's true

For I know somewhere there's a someone for me

For I know somewhere there's a someone for me

For wanting to share her story and to help others to get out of the rut they’re in, I’m happy to give Lori A. Peters and her book 5 STARS.

Friday, September 15, 2017


Yesterday, at long last, I’d finally been above to resolve the issues I’d been having with the re-edited manuscript for my debut MG/YA Paranormal romance novel, “I Kissed a Ghost.” I’d finished making the suggestions made by the line editor I’d gotten from CreateSpace, and I wanted to take about three days to rest. When I came back and opened the file, the document was in shambles; the manuscript was there, as were all the deletions and additions in blue. Despite all my efforts in trying to return to workable file I could format and send off to CreateSpace to prepare the interior of the book, I got nowhere.

I finally got a friend and good neighbor to help me out, since I was almost a month behind schedule in re-releasing the book. She carefully copied the entire manuscript and then pasted it into a new file, and it worked; and I was busy for several hours making sure each page was correct, saving it several times along the way. I don’t know what she did, because I’d tried doing the same thing a few times; but without much success. I finished reviewing the formatting of the entire manuscript shortly after midnight.

After I woke up this morning and had a mug of my morning Joe, black and sweet I sat down to write the copyright, my other endeavors, and dedication pages. Now, all I’ve got to do is to wait for the offices of CreateSpace to open, so they can help me remove all the comments left by the line editor which still exist on the document.

With only approving the print copy and KINDLE conversion left to do, this endeavor is now practically out of my way.

When I get into situations where I can’t move forwards on any of my writing endeavors, for whatever the reason, I switch into writing book reviews; and since my last update I’ve written eight with one more being done later today. Right now I’ve got 593 reviews written under my belt on Amazon-US and elsewhere, here’s the link if anyone is interested in reading any of them:

This morning I found a fantasy romance short story I’d written over two years which I’ve started to edit, and making it a bit erotic at the same time. I’ve now got two writing endeavors left to finish under this name to finish; with the rate of my writing depended on how fast I can raise the necessary funds to get the endeavor self-published.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

When I got married it was relatively late in my life, I was 43, and my dear OH was four years younger. We felt it was too late to start having children, besides I suffer from a genetic condition which we didn’t want to pass onto any children we might have had. But, after reading this highly inspirational book, I now feel we should have not fostered but adopted a young age-appropriate child for parents our age; especially since neither one of us any real family to speak of. I’ve got a sister and a handful of cousins, and my OH has a couple of cousins, none of whom we really talk to.  

I, in fact we all can see and can image a couple adopting one or two children, but the couple, Jo Ann and Dan Wentzel had amazing 75 children, frequently eight at a time and mainly teen aged boys. Those of you who have had children especially boys know what a handful it is to raise one or two of them; so, you can just imagine the fortitude and patience these two must have possessed to raise blended family and brew this size.

Those who read this book need to thank this couple for sharing their experiences of actually being a foster parent. What they’d discovered had been doing this successfully all came down to what family subtleties are needed to raise them and to have a family which come close to a natural family as possible.

This includes changing their mental attitude of family from the dysfunctional one they’ve been accustomed to living in. And once these children have reacclimated to a more normal family environment, they can return to their birth family with a new outlook for their lives and family they’d been born into. Hopefully, if the time these children had spent with the Wentzels, or in fact any foster family, has been successful this newly acquire attitude can be passed on to their children; and not the dysfunctional one they came from which would only perpetuate the situation into the next generation.

Along the way in sharing their story, the Wentzles share their various and at times quite different parenting methods, in the hopes others might benefit from in the raising of their own children; and that. perhaps after reading this book others might consider the joys of fostering children of their own/

Given what this couple has been willing to share with others, how can you not give this book the 5 STARS, I’m giving it.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Here’s this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “CAKE” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

Let them all eat cake

This had been the Queen’s edict

She no more the Queen

Ice cream left on table

Not in refrigerator

Cake melted away

Should have been “cake walk”

But someone threw the wrench in

Now arduous task

Would really love to get your feedback

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


I know it’s been almost three weeks since my last update, but nothing important has transpired since then.

I’m still waiting for CreateSpace to approve the interior design for the re-edited version of my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.” Prior to my starting the re-editing process the book had received an average of 4.1 STARS based on 26 reviews. Once they approve it, I’ve got to format the interior: single spacing, chapter starting positions, making sure the margins for each line is properly justified, etc. I also need to make sure the prior pages to the actual story have all the correct information I want it to have. I then need to get my proof copy, after I approve it’s time for the KINDLE conversion, and the start of my almost non-stop promoting for it, which I currently believe would be towards the end of this month.

Right now, I’m aggressively pursuing my reading/reviewing of book as I’d fallen behind so much I would up reducing my original goal of doing 200 books by the end of the year on GoodReads down to 150 from 200.

Besides this, I need to allow my erotic side to pursue her writing endeavors, one of which is a serialized GLBT/BDSM erotic short story/novella.

Monday, September 4, 2017


I read this book using an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

As children, we’ve been taught to listen to our parents and to do everything they tell say us. We know how much they love us and they won’t do anything to hurt us. One of these things concerns tattling on someone else who did something they shouldn’t have done, because doing it wouldn’t be a nice thing to do.

But what happens when a relative, like Uncle Bob, starts doing something he shouldn’t and tell us to keep it a secret even from our parents. This is what Suzy has to deal with in this brief story when he starts touching her in places she somehow feels is wrong; she becomes scared and doesn’t want to get in trouble for tattling on her uncle to her parents.

This creates a conflict in her young mild since her parents had also taught her that if something is bothering her she should come to them. When she tells her friend Lucy what’s happening, Lucy’s older brother tells Suzy to tell her parents and that she wouldn’t get into trouble. Suzy follows his advice, tells her parents who respond by sitting down and talking to her about what Uncle Bob did to her.

Inappropriate touching is a sensitive, everyday occurring issue which parents need to discuss with their young child, and this book serves as marvelous beginning from which this discuss can begin. The book then gives parents ideas as to how to go about doing this. For trying to help parents, especially first-time young parents, in dealing with this important, sensitive issue, there’s no way I can’t give Ms. Jackson 5 STARS for her endeavor here.

Sunday, September 3, 2017


While the premise of this picture book is to teach your young early reader child nerdy geeky techie words might sound a bit LUDICROUS, in reality, it’s a TOTALLY SOUND IDEA.

Kids today are far more technically savvy than their parents, and even more so when I [being a child of the 1950’s] was at their age. If there’s any doubt just look at the way they’re able to easily grasp the knowledge needed to use the internet.

Parents are supposed to nurture their children’s intelligence by giving things which challenges the ability to do things, such as the simple task of reading a book. These days learning the three R’s of, Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic is no longer enough, as they need to be tech savvy as well; I believe this book can serve as one of their first steps in facing the futuristic world they’ve been born into and I’ve given Kady Dash 5 and this book 5 STARS for trying to accomplish this end.  



Here’s this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “SAFE” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

Must find a safe place

Away from rising waters

For I cannot swim

Burglar in my home

And broke into the wall safe

Good thing jewelry fake

Our forbidden love

Though we are not together

Still safe in our hearts

Would really love to get your feedback

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Here’s this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “TASTE” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

The taste of the wine

Reminds me of her sweet kiss

As I mourn her death

No weight I can lose

This smorgasbord’s taste divine

Diet starts next week

Garden of Eden

Adam and Eve tastes apple

First sin has been made

Would love to get your feedback

Saturday, August 26, 2017


I know I haven’t done any interviews in a good long while, so I felt the time has come for me to start doing them with my fellow romance authors. I therefore want to thank Regan Walker for responding to my recent offer to interview authors on FaceBook. While we might love to read their books, we don’t really know anything about them. So with the song “Getting to Know You” from “The King and I” playing softly in the background I’m going to interview my first guest, Regan Walker.

Please introduce yourself.
Hi, all! Regan Walker here. I am an author of historical romance. My favorite periods in which to set my stories are the Regency, Georgian and Medieval eras. I also love seafaring romances and have several set on the high seas. I live in San Diego where the air is perfumed with blossoms and an ocean breeze invariably blows, at least if you live near the coast as I do.

Can you tell us about your latest published novel?
My latest is Echo in the Wind. It’s book two in the Donet Trilogy and a second chance at love for the dashing former pirate, Jean Donet. It begins on the coast of West Sussex where he is engaged in a bit of smuggling. You know, French brandy, tea and assorted other highly valued cargo.

What was the inspiration/description for your latest novel?
When Jean Donet first appeared on the deck of his ship in To Tame the Wind, shouting orders to his men as guns blazed all around him, he quite stole my heart. I knew then he had to have his own story. And I knew it would take an unusual woman for Jean Donet to consider loving again. I believe I found her in Lady Joanna West.

Here’s the short description:

England and France 1784

Cast out by his noble father for marrying the woman he loved, Jean Donet took to the sea, becoming a smuggler, delivering French brandy and tea to the south coast of England. When his young wife died, he nearly lost his sanity. In time, he became a pirate and then a privateer, vowing to never again risk his heart.

As Donet’s wealth grew, so grew his fame as a daring ship’s captain, the terror of the English Channel in the American War. When his father and older brother die in a carriage accident in France, Jean becomes the comte de Saintonge, a title he never wanted.

Lady Joanna West cares little for London Society, which considers her its darling. Marriage in the ton is either dull or disastrous. She wants no part of it. To help the poor in Sussex, she joins in their smuggling. Now she is the master of the beach, risking her reputation and her life. One night off the coast of Bognor, Joanna encounters the menacing captain of a smuggling ship, never realizing he is the mysterious comte de Saintonge.

Can Donet resist the English vixen who entices him as no other woman? Will Lady Joanna risk all for an uncertain chance at love in the arms of the dashing Jean Donet?

How did you decide on the title for the book?
It began with this quote: How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart! (from the poem “Ephemera” by William Butler Yeats). Donet is 40 and thinks never to love again after losing his first wife whom he loved with a passion.

Do you have any current writing endeavors? What are they?
Ah yes. I am writing A Secret Scottish Christmas, book 4 in the Agents of the Crown series. You can spend Christmas in Scotland with Spies, Scots and Shipmasters… Set in 1819 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, it’s the story of the Powell twins, Robbie and Nash, spies for the Crown, who celebrate a "secret" Christmas with William Stephen, the hero in The Holly & The Thistle, and his English wife, Lady Emily Stephen. Each will vie for the love of William's younger sister, Aileen, but which one will win the prize?
Do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?
I generally have the beginning in mind long before I write and my stories are led by actual historical events so there is that, too. But the rest is all magic. In other words, I’m a modified pantster.

What made you decide to become an author?
My best friend who, when I was complaining to her about the ending of a romance I’d just finished, told me I thought like a writer and I should write one of my own. I can still remember our conversation, which took place in my kitchen toward the end of 2010. I took her advice and the next year wrote Racing with the Wind, published in 2012.

Since you’re a romance author, of all the sub-genres of romance which exist, what made you choose the genre you write in.
I love the history and diving into the past. I love being swept away to another time and place but one that is historically authentic.

Do you have a schedule for your time to write, answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?
I try, though life intervenes. The first two hours are given to answering email, social media and promotion. Then I write (and research) till early afternoon. Of course, in there are two walks and occasional telephone calls.

Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?
Yes, but mostly nonfiction historical books related to my research. You can see them on the Pinterest storyboards I do for each book.

What are the items you must have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?
I write to music, sometimes critical to a particular scene. (You can see my playlist here: My writing took over my dining room long ago and the table has all I need: computer, printer, supplies, stacks of research, pens, sticky notes, good light, calendar, etc.

When you were an aspiring author you needed advice, what advice would you give to an aspiring author in those shoes today?
Well, the first thing is to learn a bit about the craft. I learned it on the fly but you can actually take a class or get a book. Then write… and finish the story just so you know you can. Get some eyes on it, not your sister or your friend but some impartial eyes, like a critique partner. Once you are happy with it, get a professional editor to look at it. I am also a reviewer and I can’t tell you how many authors submit published books to me that have been poorly edited. I have a list of the Top 10 things which, as a reader, I really dislike:

If there’s anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book, your writing, or yourself.
I do encourage readers to follow my on Amazon and BookBub and to sign up for my newsletter (from the home page on my website).

Just so you know, I read, review and write what I love: historically authentic historical romance. I have a blog, Historical Romance Review ( that I began before I was an author where I post reviews. I try to find the good ones for my fellow readers. I have 15 lists to help readers.


Where can we find your book?
On Amazon US:

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THANKS for giving me your time in allowing me to interview you.
Thank you for inviting me!